Stephen's staff to protest against principal on Friday

The protesters will wear black bands and hold a agitation.

hidden January 12, 2012 22:52:49 IST
Stephen's staff to protest against principal on Friday

New Delhi: The staff association of St Stephen's College in New Delhi has planned a mass protest directed against principal Valson Thampu on Friday for "unjust" actions being initiated against some individuals.

The protesters will wear black bands and hold a agitation.

One of the issues at the centre of the controversy is the disciplinary proceedings against Professor MS Frank, who has questioned Thampu's eligibility to be the principal of the college.

Stephens staff to protest against principal on Friday

St Stephen's College, principal, Valson Thampu. Image courtesy St Stephen's College

An inquiry was initiated last month against Frank on a series of charges of misconduct in college.

The members of the staff association, in a meeting held on Wednesday, questioned the manner in which Thampu brought the matter before the governing body of the college and obtained necessary approvals for initiating a case of misconduct against Frank.

They felt the actions were directed against Frank with an aim to pressurise him to withdraw his case challenging Thampu's appointment as principal.

Besides the case of Frank, the staff association members said they were also agitated by the "derogatory" and "threatening" remarks in the minutes of the governing body meeting circulated by Thampu against a woman employee of the college who had taken up her complaint of sexual harassment
with the governing body.

The staff association members will wear "black bands" and hold a dharna in the college premises "in view of unjust and malafide actions taken or sought to be taken by Thampu against certain members of the teaching and non-teaching staff", said a statement.

As many as 44 of the 54 permanent members of the college faculty had earlier made a representation to the chairman of the governing body, making plain their objections to the "dubious" manner in which the matter was brought before the governing body and approvals obtained for initiating a case of misconduct against Frank.

PTI

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Education ministry takes note of St Stephen's sexual harassment case, asks Delhi Univ for report
India

Education ministry takes note of St Stephen's sexual harassment case, asks Delhi Univ for report

The HRD ministry has sent a notice to Delhi University seeking a report in the molestation case of a research scholar allegedly by a St Stephen's College professor.

St Stephen's molestation case: College not a probe agency says Thampu
India

St Stephen's molestation case: College not a probe agency says Thampu

St Stephen's principal Valson Thampu, who is facing allegations of shielding a professor who is accused of molesting a PhD student, today said the college was not an investigative agency and it was for police to conduct the probe.

St Stephen's molestation case: HRD ministry asks college to expedite probe
India

St Stephen's molestation case: HRD ministry asks college to expedite probe

The HRD ministry on Friday asked St Stephen's college to expedite its probe into the sexual harassment complaint.